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Gothic Arch Method to Establish Centric Relation

Published: March 12, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10038

Included in this publication:

  • Gothic Arch Learning Goals Objectives and Students Assessment.docx
  • Gothic Arch Instructor's Guide.docx
  • Gothic Arch Video.mp4

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This video was created to enhance students’ visual and conceptual ability in their complete denture course to see and relate clinically a different method of maxillo-mandibular recording relations in complete denture fabrication related to this patient visit. The material was also designed as a video review to compensate for the time between initial instruction and clinical application with patients. The authors created this 7-minute video file for students learning the use of the central bearing device as well as for practitioners interested in this type of maxillo-mandibular recordings. This method of making centric relation registration with eccentric movement is very informative for students’ understanding of  fundamental occlusal theory and its application to the treatment of edentulous/dentate patients. The centric relation gothic arch instructor guide and video can be used for formal instruction by faculty in dental courses, independent study/review by dental students prior to patient care, formal instruction in continuing dental education courses for general practitioners, and faculty calibration of student instructions.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the technique related to establishment of vertical and horizontal maxillary and mandibular relations for complete dentures using the gothic arch tracer.
  2. Describe why the gothic arch method can be used to establish the vertical and horizontal maxillary and mandibular relations for complete dentures.
  3. Determine the differences between maxillo-mandibular records and the gothic arch method to obtain centric relation in a patient.

Author Information

  • Rosalia Rey, DDS: University of Florida
  • Monica Fernandez, DDS: University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • Eric Weber: University of Florida

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Rey R, Fernandez M, Weber E. Gothic arch method to establish centric relation. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10038. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10038

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.